Megyn Kelly says that she is now “a big target for many people” when she joked about white Santa and white Jeebus being a verifiable fact.
“In kicking off the light-hearted segment, I offered a tongue-in-cheek message for any kids watching, saying that Santa — who I joked was a real person whose race was identifiable — is white,” Kelly said. “Humor is a part of what we try to bring to this show, but sometimes, that is lost on the humorless.”
She then lambasted her critics for failing to get the joke.
“This would be funny if it were not so telling about our society,” she continued. “In particular, the knee-jerk instinct by so many to race-bait and to assume the worst of people, especially people employed by the very powerful Fox News Channel.”
Pro tip for Kelly: repeating the punchline of a not-funny joke doesn’t make the joke any more funny. Repeating the punchline is like explaining the joke after it flops. But I digress.
Is Kelly a racist? Who knows? I doubt it. But the video statement she released is disingenuous, and she throws down the Mooselini-esque victim card so hard they probably had an earthquake in China.
But at least she didn’t issue an insincere non-apology.
Fox doesn’t show how she mocked the original author’s point of feeling left out by all the white Santa marketing. They also don’t show that she kept asserting that White Santa is a real person (for the sake of the kids who might be watching Fox News late at night, a-hem), and added that Jeebus was white and that it was a verifiable fact.
Was it intended to be racist? Probably not, it was supposed to be a stupid, throw-away War on Christmas piece that went terribly, terribly wrong. But it was the smug color blind and off-hand white privilege that pushed it that way. It was the unthinking, knee-jerk white superiority (of course all good characters are white) that made it go viral:
“For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white. But this person is just arguing that maybe we should also have a black Santa. But Santa is what he is…Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn’t mean it has to change, you know? I mean, Jesus was a white man too. He was a historical figure, that’s a verifiable fact, as is Santa – I just want the kids watching to know that.”
And remember, Kelly is the one who says with a straight face that she is a straight news anchor, not like the rest of Fox News.
(Livewire has the story, and as always, Fox has carefully edited what she actually said in the segment that caused the controversy.)
The Death of the Media
From Faux News:
Jeebus, people. *Pounds head on desk*
Petunia II is definitely gonna fit right in.
Anyway, to get to the heart of the matter, the hat company that provides the female hats went bankrupt. The Marines need a new supplier for the ladies hats, which are the only ones that are changing.
So the totally gay metrosexual Kenyan Usurper (secretly married to his college room mate in a Sharia-law gay wedding) wasn’t spending his days doodling new girly uniforms for his gay stormtroopers when he otherthrows the gubmint and puts us all in FEMA camps waiting for our turn before the Obamacare Death Panels? Well, not today, I guess.
They ran it multiple times, and apologized for it. Sincerely, no doubt.
I am laughing at Falafel Bill’s bad daddy impersonation and Monica Crowley’s middle child impersonation. So when does Alan colmes Mom impersonation offer dessert?
I hope someone remembers to play this clip at Bill’s funeral wake. This is solid gold.
OK, I lied: Really? “Illegals” and “Chiefs and Indians”? Sweet Jeebus, who says stuff like that?! On the other hand, Faux Noise’s new contributor, fire-crotch E2 seems to fit right in with casual racism.
OK, Scissorheads, here’s another notch for our bed posts that we got right years ago before anyone else: The Teabaggers are absolutely an astroturf project of the Koch Brothers. A new, peer-reviewed academic study supports our long-standing theory.
I’m also guessing sooner or later we will be affirmed that Fox rebranded Conservativism and embraced Teabaggery to survive the retreat towards the end of Chimpy’s Reign of Error. They did it because Chimpy so screwed the brand that they couldn’t keep promoting him and his policies when it all went Kablam!, so they changed from supporting the GOP into supporting the Teabaggers to keep those dials set to their network.
Tiger Beat on the Potomac (Thanks Charlie!) has yet another unsourced, breathless and gossipy article on how the GOP is rebranding itself via Fox:
Republicans and Fox News are moving to purge the controversial political creatures they created.
Both were damaged badly in 2012 by loud, partisan voices that stoked the base — but that scared the hell out of many voters. Now, the GOP, with its dismal image, and Fox News, with its depressed ratings in January, are scrambling to dim those voices. To wit:
- Fox ousted contributors Sarah Palin and Dick Morris, two of the most obnoxiously partisan figures on the network’s air.
- Karl Rove, himself sidelined by Fox after the election, has helped start a new super PAC, the Conservative Victory Fund, designed to keep controversial conservatives like Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) from winning Senate primaries.
- Senate GOP leaders created what amounts to a buddy system with their caucus’s most popular tea party members, Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas, to get their help in taming anti-establishment conservatives.
- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has been running around the country warning anyone who will listen that Republicans must quit being the “stupid party” that nominates nutty candidates.
But as in every Politico (who are fluffers for the gelatinous Roger Ailes, let us not forget), there is always the Tell:
One high-profile Republican strategist, who refused to be named in order to avoid inflaming the very segments of the party he wants to silence, said there is a deliberate effort by party leaders to “marginalize the cranks, haters and bigots — there’s a lot of underbrush that has to be cleaned out.”
…which of course is the patented way in which to marginalize cranks: refuse to have your name attached to your criticism. Boy, that’ll learn ‘em up good!
We’ve been saying this for a long time, since before the 2012 Goat Rodeo in fact: it’s not the presentation, it’s the policies, it is Republicanism itself that is the problem. Wingnuttia seems to think if they could just find the Magic Dog Whistle, they could get the rest of the country to back them. You can redesign the cereal box, but if what you are selling is Rat Poison, no one is going to buy it.
Anyway, it is an amazing fantasy of an article from Tiger Beat, full of bluster and non-attributed sources, signifying absolutely nothing. But read it and be amazed at how it sucks up to Ailes while trying to sound indie. My 7th grade journalism teacher is probably having a good laugh over it because even her charges could do better than this.